PARKERSBURG - Leave it to a junior to take the top headline on senior night.
Such was the case here Thursday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as Parkersburg South 11th-grader Drake Mills stunned top-ranked Cabell Midland 170-pounder Nick Boone as the Patriots rolled to a triangular victory by smashing the Knights, 67-9, and blowing out George Washington, 60-10.
Mills, who entered the fray ranked third by state coaches, was involved in one of the marquee battles of the evening. The match went back and forth, and Mills led 5-3 after an escape 31 seconds into the final period.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg South senior 220-pounder Zach Haddix, top, is just moments away from securing a first period pin against George Washington’s Kareem Badger on Thursday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. The Patriots defeated Cabell Midland, 67-9, and handed George Washington a 60-10 setback.
However, Boone squared things at five just 14 seconds later via a takedown only to then allow a reversal to Mills, who won the match in style by pinning Boone with 24.1 seconds left in the match.
The other battle that pitted a No. 1 versus a No. 3 occurred at 160 where GW's Jake Smith met Patriot Briar Shively, who was honored on senior night along with fellow classmates Jake Alexander, Duane Cotton, Stewart Morris, Kyle Knotts, Tyler Richards, Braidon Knotts, Jordan Quiocho, Lance Hill and Zach Haddix. Following a scoreless first, Smith took the lead for good on an escape and led 2-0 entering the third after Shively, who recorded his 100th pin last weekend at the West Virginia Duals, was hit with his second stall. Smith secured the 4-1 decision by getting a late takedown in the final period.
In the other match, George Washington heavyweight Jack Skidmore secured a 36-34 win for the Patriots when he decisioned Cabell Midland's Nick Cunningham, 5-0. CM's Logan Adkins scored a 5-2 win versus No. 8 Sam Moore at 106 while GW's Levi Smith, also unranked like Adkins, defeated No. 8 Hunter Fischer 8-3 at 113.
Tri at Rod Oldham Athletic Center
Parkersburg South 67, Cabell Midland 9
106: Logan Ball md. Logan Adkins 11-3
113: Lance Hill p. Hunter Fischer 1:40
120: Braidon Knotts p. Trent Armstrong 0:25
126: Kyle Knotts won by forfeit
132: Duane Cotton p. Ian McCallister 1:15
138: Tyler Richards d. Bobby Mitchell 4-1
145: Aaron Scarr (CM) d. Zack Burdette 4-2
152: Jake Alexander p. Timmy Blake 0:58
160: Briar Shively wbf
170: Drake Mills p. Nick Boone 5:36
182: Tyler Newhart-Koreski p. Jared Bradley 3:55
195: Matt Dixon wbf
220: Nathan Jefferson (JM) p. Zach Haddix 4:36
285: Dane Mills p. Nick Cunningham 2:47
Parkersburg South 60,
George Washington 10
106: Ball md. Phillip Sharp 13-1
113: Hill p. Levi Smith 0:55
120: B. Knotts p. David Pancake 0:22
126: Jensen Lorea (GW) md. K. Knotts 14-5
132: Jordan Quiocho p. Corey Shamblin 2:09
138: Richards tf. Eric Holstein 18-1
145: Burdette wbf
152: Alexander wbf
160: Jake Smith (GW) d. Shively 4-1
170: Dr. Mills tf. Hunter Jones 15-0
182: Newhart-Koreski md. Tyshawn Blanks 8-0
195: Dixon wbf
220: Haddix p. Kareem Badger 1:14
285: Jack Skidmore (GW) d. Da. Mills 5-2
George Washington 36,
Cabell Midland 34
106: Adkins (CM) d. Sam Moore 8-3
113: Smith d. Fischer 8-3
120: Pancake p. Armstrong 2:19
126: George Napier wbf
132: Lorea p. McCallister 2:53
138: Mitchell (CM) p. Shamblin 0:33
145: Scarr (CM) d. Holstein 7-2
152: Blake (CM) wbf
160: Smith wbf
170: Boone (CM) md. Jones 11-0
182: Bradley (CM) wbf
195: Blanks wbf
220: Jefferson (CM) p. Badger 0:25
285: Skidmore d. Cunningham 5-0
Next match: Parkersburg South at Huntington on Thursday.
Little Kanawha Conference
At Wirt County High School
Seeds for Saturday's meet
106: 1. Jacob Monn (Ritchie County); 2. Jack Cumings (Clay County); 3. Riley White (Roane County); 4. Dalton Smith (Williamstown)
113: 1. Justin Triplett (Clay County); 2. Cole Moore (Roane County); 3. Chris Goad (Calhoun County); 4. Brandon Batten (Braxton County)
120: 1. Jon Cain (Wirt County); 2. Cam Moore (Roane County); 3. Zach Ahart (Clay County); 4. A.J. Adkins (Braxton County)
126: 1. Casey Ritchie (Calhoun County); 2. Dalton George (Williamstown); 3. Tyler Cheuvront (Wirt County); 4. Dillon Clarkson (Roane County)
132: 1. Alex Suite (Clay County); 2. Hagan Root (Wirt County); 3. Levi Gordon (Calhoun County); 4. James Acord (Braxton County)
138: 1. Jake Linville (Wirt County); 2. Cole Ritchie (Calhoun County); 3. Bryson Dennison (Braxton County); 4. Mitchell Schoolcraft (Clay County)
145: 1. Ricky Hammon (Braxton County); 2. Jake Tracewell (Williamstown); 3. Johnny Taylor (Calhoun County); 4. Cody Ferguson (Wirt County)
152: 1. Austin Cottrell (Wirt County); 2. Ricky Ahart (Clay County); 3. Thorn Simon (Braxton County); 4. Luke Scott (Roane County)
160: 1. Tyler Stewart (Clay County); 2. Lee Helmick (Braxton County); 3. Nathan Cunningham (Ravenswood); 4. Joe Copley (Roane County)
170: 1. David Hastings (Williamstown); 2. Brandon White (Clay County); 3. Mike Houser (St. Marys); 4. Patrick Berry (Ravenswood)
182: 1. Brad Riddle (Ritchie County); 2. Jeremy Pratt (St. Marys); 3. Dustin Tawney (Tyler Consolidated); 4. Walker Siers (Wirt County)
195: 1. Scott Gibson (Roane County); 2. Caleb Ferguson (Wirt County); 3. Matt Harkness (Ritchie County); 4. Brandon Raynor (Braxton County)
220: 1. Dylan Pickrell (Wirt County); 2. Josh Hart (Ritchie County); 3. Wyatt Dawson (Clay County); 4. Caije Nichols (Roane County)
285: 1. Andrew Satterfield (Calhoun County); 2. Alex Rauch (Williamstown); 3. Seth Smith (Ritchie County); 4. Austin Spencer (Tyler Consolidated)
Jensen Lorea picked up his 100th career victory when he major decisioned Kyle Knotts, 14-5, in their 126-pound battle. The only other GW wrestlers to defeat a host Patriot were Smith and seventh-ranked heavyweight Jack Skidmore, who upset No. 3 Dane Mills, 5-2.
Cabell Midland tasted victory only twice against Parkersburg South. Aaron Scarr won his 145-pound match against Patriot Zack Burdette, 4-2. Also, CM 220-pounder Nathan Jefferson pinned Haddix, who had a 6-5 lead entering the third, in 4:36. Haddix closed the night on a good note when he flattened GW's Kareem Badger in 1:14 while Burdette picked up a forfeit in his other match.
Parkersburg South, which returns to action with a road trip next Thursday to No. 1 Huntington, also got a pin by Tyler Newhart-Koreski in his 182-pound battle versus CM's Jared Bradley, who led 7-3 after one but got stuck just five seconds before the start of the third period.
Hill and Braidon Knotts were the only Parkersburg South seniors to record two wins via pin.